Managing competition & publication pressure

Guideline
Guidelines for research institutions on managing competition and publication pressure
This guideline offers recommendations that can help research institutions manage the competition between researchers and the publication pressure they face.
Research institutions can help foster research integrity and responsible research practices by providing researchers with healthy environments in which to work. Ensuring that researchers work in an environment that is collaborative, positive, inclusive, and enriching is a starting point to enable responsible research practices and research integrity. Publication pressure and competition can create an unhealthy research environment in which researchers can feel tempted to deviate from research integrity. This guideline offers recommendations that can help research institutions manage the competition between researchers and the publication pressure they face. The recommendations target several areas such as research freedom, collaboration, careers, assessments, and workloads. The guideline provides information relevant for research officers, trainers, managers, and coordinators, as well as deans, rectors and other institutional leaders. Given the broad diversity that exists among research institutions, it is possible that some recommendations are not applicable in all research settings. For this reason, the guideline should not be seen as a ‘one-size-fits-all’, but rather as a tool that can be used flexibly and adapted to meet institutions’ specific needs.
Reference of the resource
SOPs4RI consortium, Guidelines for research institutions on managing competition and publication pressure, Online version 1 (2021).
Topic:
Research environment
Subopic:
Managing competition & publication pressure
Type of resource:
Guideline
Relevant discipline(s):
All
Relevant stakeholder(s):
Pre-graduate students
Post-graduate students
PhD candidates
Early career researchers
Senior researchers
Supervisors
Research administrators
RPO senior management staff (Rectors, Deans)
Policy makers
Relevant organisational level(s):
Institution (meso level)
Published/put into force:
2021